by: MILTON GREEN
The Trumpet Is Sounding a Warning to
the Fallen Away Church
Jesus is sounding a warning today for
those who have fallen away from the faith: all those who have a false
security in carnal doctrines, and to those who have built their own tower
into heaven upon foundations of sand.
Jesus says, "I know thy works...
because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of
nothing: and knowest not that thou are wretched, and miserable, and poor,
and blind (with no understanding), and naked (lost, not having garments of
salvation)" (Rev. 3:15, 17).
"I counsel thee to buy of Me gold
(the divine nature) tried in the fire (by overcoming the fiery trials),
that thou mayest be rich (in God and good works); and white raiment (robes
of righteousness), that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy
nakedness (lostness) do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve,
that thou mayest see (and have understanding). (Because) as many as I
love, I REBUKE AND CHASTEN; be zealous therefore, and repent (so that you
can be perfected in holiness and love)" (Rev. 3:18, 19).
Then He extends the invitation:
"Behold, I stand at the door (of the churches), and knock (with the
Holy Spirit): if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in
to him, and will sup (fellowship) with him, and he with me. To him that
overcometh (the world, the flesh and the devil) will I grant to sit with
me in my. throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with My Father
in His throne. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith
unto the churches" (Rev. 3:20- 22).
Jesus is speaking to the people in
fallen away churches who are without discipline and reproof. Their deeds
are not deeds of love because they have refused the discipline needed to
be perfected in love. They are illegitimate children.
Jesus warns that the ones who will be
saved are the ones who receive discipline and overcome and who will sit
with Him on the throne of His Father. He is telling those who have ears to
hear that they must be sanctified and holy.
"And it shall come to pass, that
he that is left in Zion, and he that remaineth in Jerusalem (the church),
shall be called holy, even every one that is written among the living in
Jerusalem. When the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters
of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst
thereof by the spirit of judgment (brought by God's law), and by the
spirit of burning (the fiery trials)" (Isa. 4:3, 4).
"If any man's work (of wood, hay
and stubble which are the works of the flesh and treasures of this world)
shall be burned, he shall suffer loss (of all these things on earth): but
he himself shall be saved (from the ways of the world, the flesh, and the
destruction of the powers of darkness); yet so as by fire (the fire burns
up everything that is not the divine nature of God).., for the temple of
God is holy, which temple you are" (1 Cor. 3:15, 17).
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